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clearing out. the first evacuations are ordered as hurricane earl bares toward the east coast. "operation new dawn." president obama says it's an end to operation in iraq. >> we have met our responsibilities. for you it's time to turn the page. and survivaler to. a new york man falls 39 stories, lands on a car and lives. this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, september 1, 2010. good morning, everybody. and thanks so much for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. this morning hurricane earl remains on a path to sideswipe the east coast. the first evacuations have already been ordered. earl is expected to move northeast of the bahamas today packing 135-mile-an-hour winds. it's a large category 4 storm with hurricane-force winds
extending outward 90 miles. earl is moving towards the northwest and is expected to glance much of the east coast. north carolina has ordered tourists to evacuate. a hurricane watch is in effect from north of surf city, north carolina, so the virginia border, but it is still too early to tell just how close earl might come to land. don teague reports. >> reporter: whipping angry winds, seen from a window in st. maarten as hurricane earl sideswiped the virgin islands dumping up to inches of rain. in st. croix, heavy surf crashed on shore. the waves tore boats from their docks. in st. kitts, heavy surf ran this coast guard boat aground. high winds damaged roofs and knocked down trees and power lines, blocking roads. the next population in the hurricane's path, the 36,000 residents of the turks and
caicos islands. >> we're getting choppy water. on the west side of the island is where the open eshen is and it's extremely rough right now. >> reporter: computer models predict earl will remain a powerful hurricane, tracking to brush the north carolina coast as early as thursday night. already the phone is ringing off the hook at the outer banks motel in hatteras. >> we don't charge you, of course, if you don't come during a hurricane. >> reporter: people here are also starting to worry about beach erosion. the outer banks are shrinking. some beaches losing 15 feet of sand a year. 80-year-old carol dillon, who has owned this motel since 1955, worries there's not enough beach left if front of her motel to protect it. >> when we had 500 feet of beach we did not have water on the outer banks poelgt property. >> reporter: the water here on the outer banks is already off limits to swimmers because of dangerous rip currents. those currans will only get stronger as the hurricane
approaches. as for most of the people here, very few have left so far but many say they'll make that decision if the hurricane continues on its current track. don teague, cbs news. in other news this morning, american forces have a new mission in iraq. the president formally ended u.s. combat operations in iraq in an oval office speech last night saying this country paid a huge price. mr. obama praised america's armed forces and noted the toll the war in iraq took on the problems here at home. tara mergener is in washington >> reporter: good morning, betty. last night the president said that the u.s. has met its responsibilities in iraq. as of today, our role has changed. >> it's time to turn the page. >> reporter: u.s. combat operations may have come to an end but the war in iraq isn't >> i can't tell my soldiers you're not a combat armed soldier anymore. that's offensive. we're still doing what we did before. >> reporter: today roughly
"operation new dawn." their mission, advising and support iraqi security forces over the next year. >> they have to be successful really early on. the next 90 days will tell whether the iraqi security forces have been trained well. >> reporter: this morning defense secretary robert gates arrived in iraq joining vice president biden who has been in the country all week. president obama also urged iraqi leaders to come to an agreement during his prime time address from the oval office last fight. >> i encourage iraq's leaders to move forward with a sense of urgency, to form an inclusive government that is just representative and accountable to the iraqi people. >> reporter: even when an iraqi government finally takes shape, president obama promised the u.s. wouldn't just walk away. >> our combat mission is ending, but our commitment to iraq's future is not. come with a heavy price. nearly $1 trillion spent and
more than 4,400 lives lost. and with combat operations over, the president says he can focus now on the country's most urgent task, fixing the economy. >> tara, some critics say president obama is taking credit for a war he's opposed all along. did he address that last night? >> reporter: no. he made it clear he opposed the war from the start. during the speech he credited president bush for a lot of things, including his love of country, support of troops and security but he did not address that directly. >> cbs's tara mergener in washington for us live. thank you. in alaska, senator lisa murkowski has thrown in the towel. the a stunning defeat for mur cow i can who trailed joe miller following the primary. miller, a conservative, was backed by the tea party and stro endorsed by sarah
palin. murkowski is the third senator to be ousted by anti-incumbent sentiment. the obama administration begins an attempt at brokering peace in the middle east. brokered by secretary of state hillary clinton begin in washington tomorrow but today the president meets separately with palestinian president mahmoud abbas and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. he'll host them for dinner tonight. on the eves of the talk four israeli settlers were shot dead on the west bank. hamas says they're responsible. this morning israeli settlers on the west bank say they'll break a government freeze on construction in protest. homeland security officials say it doesn't appear two men arrested in the netherlands were conducting a dry run for a terrorist attack. the men were taken into custody monday following a flight from chicago. one man's luggage suspicious material was found, including cell phones and watches taped together. a law enforcement official says
the men did not know each other. on the "cbs moneywatch," stocks in asia rebounded this morning. ashley morrison is here with the latest on that. good morning. >> good morning to you, betty. asian markets sprang back from heavy losses tuesday after news china's manufacturing gost a boost. nikkei gained a percent while hang seng was postally higher. wall street gets report on auto sales. the dow gained almost 5 points while the nasdaq fell nearly six. traders are happy to finally close the books on august. the worst in nine years with the dow losing more than 4% and the nasdaq more than 6%. but september could be just as scary. historically it is one of the worst months for the market. retail sales continue to be sluggish. shoppers spent only a bit more this august than they did last year. retailers will be disappointed by this year's back-to-school
season which is supposed to be their second busiest time of the year. online sales, which rose for the 13th month in a row. apple may have big surprises in store. the tech giant is holding a news conference later today but once again is not giving any details about what it's about. industry analysts are expecting some upgrades to the company's line of ipods. they may unveil new features to apple tv, that let's you stream movies and music. amazon wants in the tv game as well. the online retailer is talking with several big media companies about offering older tv shows and movies online. betty, i guess it's all about trying to stay in the game and be relevant when it comes to the fast-moving tech industry. >> no doubt. people were so busy, that they want to be able to watch those shows whef they have time available. that might just work. ashley, joining us live here in
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at the white house, we got a look at the redecorated oval office before president obama's speech last night. the room has new coaches, lamps and striped wallpaper. and a new rug bearing the presidential seal with a border bearing quotes from former presidents. one thing that has not changed -- the historic desk, a gift from queen victoria in 1880. looks pretty nice. a little more modern few now to the housing industry are where the number of homes being sold may be falling but the prices are on the rise. a new report says home prices in the second quarter of this year were up nearly 4.5% but they are
still 27% lower than four years ago. anthony mason has more. >> reporter: across the country, the arrow went up for home prices in june. chicago, minneapolis and detroit led the rebound, according to the case-shiller index. among 20 major metropolitan areas, only las vegas fell. house prices are up 7% from the 2009 lows with some cities showing double digit gains. >> notably, san francisco, our best-performing city since 2009, it's up 21%. that's -- that's booming. >> reporter: but ominous signs still loom for housing. sales of existing homes plummeted 27% last month. and some economists believe house prices are about to drop again, too. >> we're not quite through with the housing crash. we've got another 5% or so to go on house prices. >> reporter: because the first
time home buyers tax credit which fueled much of the growth has expired and foreclosures continue to mount, hundreds showed up for a workshop for distressed homeowners in west palm beach, florida, this past weekend. >> we've been here all night. >> reporter: lycra quell and robert turner who have fallen three months behind on their mortgage payments. >> basically, i was out of a job for six months. >> reporter: unemployment continues to feed the foreclosure crisis. >> i think that we should be focused not on boosting the housing market, but focused on creating jobs. and if we create jobs, i think that the mood of the country will change. >> reporter: meanwhile, even with mortgage rates at historic lows, the housing market remains on shaky ground. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. actor michael douglas is speaking out about his throat cancer. on the "late show with david letterman," he said he's optimistic he'll make a full recovery.
>> i finished my first week of radiation and chemo. and it's about an eight-week struggle -- >> so you've already begun the regimen. >> i've started already. >> you've never looked better to me and this proves that you're a tough guy, for god's sake. >> thank you. >> yeah. >> thank you very much. i'm -- let's just say i'm pretty lit up. i'm pretty lit up right now. >> letterman and douglas hug as dave wished him good luck with the treatment and his new movie "the sequel to can "wall street". a young man fell 39 stories from a high rise building here in new york city and lived. he crashed through the back windshield of a dodge charger. he broke both legs and is hospitalized in critical condition. police are still investigating what may have been a suicide
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the latest satellite picture shows cloudy skies across the midwest while much of the east is looking at clear skies. later today, scattered thunderstorms and showers will be developing across the midwest and mississippi valley. the southwest remains mainly dry and hot. and a few scattered showers are likely across the northwest. in sports, the top seeds advance at the u.s. open. number one, rafael nadal took almost three hours but won in straight sets. nadal won the french open in june and wimbledon in july. women's number one seed easily beat ncaa champion. the match took only one hour and one minute. in baseball the yankees are alone at the top. in new york, mark teixeira hit a three-run homer for the yankees who beat up on oakland again. the 9-3 win moved the yankees ahead of tampa bay and back into sole possession of first place in the american league eastern division. and in tenth inning, florida's chad tracy singled to
left and hanley ramirez slid under the tag at home plate. 1-0 victory was the ninth walkoff win for the marlins this season. and when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. plus, new mission, same dangers. u.s. soldiers carry on in iraq seven years after the invasion. amazing right from the faucet, r but you think home filters can be a pain in the tucus. well check this out... boo-yah! shazam! h2...o! hydrolicious! look what i can do! magic bananas! adios contaminos! introducing the first faucet filter that installs with just one click and removes 99% of lead and microbial cysts. check it out at purwater.com. ♪
on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. scattered showers and thunderstorms will be developing across much of the midwest and mississippi valley. the northeast remains steamy and dry. a few scattered showers are likely around the northwest. here's another look at this morning's top stories. powerful hurricane earl continues on a pass to sideswipe the eastern seaboard. the first evacuations have been ordered on north carolina's
island. president obama says it's time to turn the page. the president officially marked the end of u.s. combat operations in iraq during an oval office speech last night. the remaining u.s. troops in iraq are not due to leave until the end of next year at the earliest and they still face day to day risks. terry mccarthy spoke with american soldiers at a checkpoint in northwest iraq. >> reporter: captain death benoit leads a joint patrol of u.s. and iraqi troops through zumar. american intelligence is warning of an attack in the coming days. his primary job is training iraqis, something that is finally starting to pay off. >> we live, we work with them, we patrol with with them. there's nothing we don't do together. >> reporter: it wasn't always that way. sergeant clint davis recalls on his first tour here in an par province, the local police actually launched an attack on his men. they shot at you? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: when you were meant
to be their partners? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: now you come back and you are working with them. >> yes, sir. day and night. a completely different at tut. >> reporter: u.s. combat prayings may be ending here and the overall level of violence may be down. but the war is not over. for the 50,000 troops that are staying here, the risks are very real. after 15 years in the military and three tours in iraq, sergeant first class robert reich knows you can never be too careful. >> after 300 millimeters, wire, 360 degrees. >> reporter: sylvester has done three tours in iraq and the memories of fellow soldier wos have died weigh heavily on him. >> i'm happy iraq doing better. but as far -- there'sen anything that is going to make it better for the friend i've lost here. >> reporter: seven years on, the iraq war is still about blood, sweat and tears. terry mccarthy, cbs news. i'm betty nguyen. this is the "cbs morning news."
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i'm peggy fox. here are the stories we're following today. in a prime time address tuesday, the president said the iraqi people are responsible for their own security. roughly 50,000 troops will stay in iraq for support and counter terrorism training. the last american forces are expected to to leave by the end
of next year. north carolina officials beginning evacuations this morning because of hurricane earl. roughly 5,000 tourists have been ordered to leave as the powerful storm heads towards the east coast. earl whipped across the carribean tuesday with winds up to 130 miles per hour. it's still unclear if it will make landfall in the u.s., so howard what do you think? >> i think it's going to be a real close call in the outer banks. that's why they have the evacuation. >> the only way to get there is by ferry so you have to get people off. >> we start with the satellite imagery color enhanced of earl in the western atlantic, eastern bahamas. with wind sustained at 135 miles per hour. that's a category 4 that will be getting to north carolina tomorrow. our area beaches will be impacted with at least waves and winds starting tomorrow night into friday midday. that's going to be the worst time. so after that the weekend looks
better. so don't cancel your beach plans. we're in the 70s in town. lots of 60s out to the west. it's been like this the last several mornings and not much has changed. another very hot day. upper 70s by 9:00. low 90s at noon. low 90s at 5:00 with highs in the mid-90s. we will get some relief by weekend. more on that coming up. >> let's talk traffic. it is wednesday. woke up today thought it was thursday. what a buzz kill. we're going to help you through that morning. we have construction northbound 210 watch for it near the beltway. 301 at 214 going southbound set up on the side of the road and outbound you're losing a right lane because of road work. all should be clearing in the next half hour. back to you. a community in prince george's county claims bge is not doing its share and we're going to have that coming up and it's not doing its job and
they want answers. brittany morehouse takes a look into what they want done. good morning. >> with we're here. >> good morning. today is wednesday, september 1st, i'm peggy fox in for andrea roane who's got angie goff is your traffic this morning. a couple of glitches going on. >> let's not do that again. >> i'm peggy fox. tell us about the weather today. >> it's going to have like it has been. back in the mid-90s for the next couple of days. not much going to change but it is going to change. earl is coming. probably tropical storm force- winds gusting to 40. ocean city, those areas. we're going to be so far west of the storm.
we'll get some breeze out of this but bemay not get any rain out of it. >> but definitely some surf. >> clearly going to be surf. there's going to be some beach erosionon as well. let's go to the maps and talk about what is happening now. it's a quiet morning out there. little bit on the humid side. still not too bad. temperature at 67. 68 tappahannock. now here is earl. with winds of 135 miles per hour. you can see it's marching off towards the north and the west. the eye is clearly defined and while we might not have the brighter colors, these storms do fluctuate in intensity. this isn't a sign it's going to die fall apart. earl is maintaining itself. look what happens tonight into tomorrow morning. here's friday at 4:00 a.